City Year's Opening Day ceremony is athe literal and symbolic beginning to a new year of helping students to change their educational outcomes and their futures as a whole. City Year Cleveland launched 68 AmeriCorps members into service in eight Cleveland Metropolitan School District schools this year as its 20th Anniversary AmeriCorps class.
City Year Cleveland welcomed community partners, to their Opening Day Ceremony at Public Square on October 14, 2016. Guests witnessed our AmeriCorps members as they recited the City Year and AmeriCorps pledges to publicly show their commitment to the Cleveland community they serve and officially start their year of national service.
Founding AmeriCorps member alumni, Lourdes Barroso de Padilla, City Year Cleveland 1996-1997, provided inspirational words to the AmeriCorps members reminiscing on the founding of City Year Cleveland and its lasting impact in the community. Nicolette Jaworski, Director, External Affairs at AT&T, spoke to the crowd on AT&T’s corporate partnership with City Year and presented City Year with a $250,000 check. The program also included inspirational testimonials from current AmeriCorps members. The AmeriCorps pledge was led by Meredith Pugh, AmeriCorps Program Officer at ServeOhio and the City Year pledge was led by Kerry McCormack, City of Cleveland Councilman, Ward 3. Eric Gordon, Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, led a powerful keynote address and 'fired up' our AmeriCorps members for another great year of service.
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